The official Google Play Store is the single-largest repository of Android malware, a newly released study clearly shows…
It’s long been a popular sentiment that alternative markets, such as third-party app stores, are the biggest sources of Android malware distribution. But, a new study reveals that’s simply not the case. In fact, unofficial digital stores only account for about 10% of Android malware aggregation. This, according to a four-month long study between June and September of last year, analyzing over 12 million Android devices.
Researchers Identify the Official Google Play Store as the Main Medium for Distributing Android Malware
In total, researchers looked at more than 34 million APK (Android application) installs for 7.9 million unique apps. Researchers reveal that between 10% and 24% of apps studied could be labeled as malicious or unwanted software programs. This, even depending on different classifications constituting what does and does not meet various standards of Android malware.
The team looked at twelve major categories that ultimately result in application installations. The results revealed that approximately 67% of malware researchers found came directly from the official Google Play Store. That most definitely constitutes the single biggest malware distribution point, which in-turn, dispels one of the most common myths that the majority of Android malware comes from third-party sites these days.